We think it’s safe to say the Nintendo Entertainment System, or NES as it’s better known these days, was a huge success and quite possibly a step in the direction to possibly make home video game consoles what it is today. But before the NES was created, Nintendo built the Family Computer, or Famicom and released it in 1983. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Famicom, and its head developer Masayuki Uemura spoke to Shupure News sharing some of his stories about the console, such as his lack of faith in its success.
During his talk with Shupure News, Masayuki-san revealed then Nintendo president, Hiroshi Yamauchi, wanted “an arcade game that could be played on a home television set,” which the project was handed off to Masayuki-san and his team of three people to develop. Masayuki-san had no faith in the project as Nintendo’s Game & Watches were handled by dozens of people and were cheap and portable, which he felt worked against him in developing the Famicom.
The rest of the interview discusses how the Famicom got its name, as well as why Masayuki-san decided to go with its no iconic color scheme. If you’re interested in video games and want to learn a bit of the Famicom’s history, be sure to check out the full interview at RocketNews.